Ron Paul to John Kerry: Foreign Interventionism Bankrupts America and Turns the World Against Us

by Ron Paul

When John Kerry was confirmed as Secretary of State last week his first promise was to bring “new ideas” to the job. Particularly, he promised a new approach to the two-year long civil war in Syria. He immediately set out on a “listening tour” of Europe and the Middle East, presumably to help formulate those new ideas.

So what was Kerry’s big “new idea” on Syria? Drag the United States further into the conflict by promising to send the rebels an additional $60 million in aid. Only among the Washington foreign policy establishment could a promise to redouble efforts on an old idea be repackaged as a “new idea.” New ideas, old ideas, new approaches, improved approaches – they always seem to be the same thing: calls for more US intervention in conflicts thousands of miles away that have nothing to do with us.

The Kerry plan is to overtly provide more medical and food aid to armed insurgents seeking to overthrow the Syrian government. In directly assisting rebels with material that will help them fight more effectively, the US is signaling its new role as an open participant in the conflict. Can US weapons and troops be too far behind? The administration hopes that none of the aid it provides to US-backed rebels falls into the hands of other groups like the radical Islamist al-Nusra Front, which the US has designated a terrorist group. Yet according to press reports there is little separation on the ground between the various groups. It seems unreasonable to believe that assistance provided to one group will not wind up in the hands of another group.

Both Iraq and Libya have turned out to be far more radical and dangerous after their “liberation” that was supposed to usher in governments friendly to the United States. Does it make any sense to believe that Syria will be any different?

Kerry’s new ideas are actually old ideas, and they have over and over been proven to be bad ideas. Just as President Obama has shown that his foreign policy is more aggressive and warmongering than that of his predecessor, the new more “moderate” secretary of state shows us that he has every intention of furthering the notion that diplomacy flows from the barrel of a gun. Our interventionist foreign policy is bankrupting the country and turning the world against us. It must come to an end.


  • John

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  • robin

    Senator Ron Wyden from my home state of Oregon was the lone democrat who joined Rand Paul to filibuster the Brennan nomination. I plan to call him and thank him and remind our other “liberal” senator Senator Merkley that he did not stand up for his constituents and our rights under the Constitution. Time to contact your representatives. It’s more important than ever and let everyone you know to do the same. Now is not the time to be silent…

  • J. Otis

    Even though I risk the wrath of your homeland security, it may be helpful to look at it from the perspective of a citizen of an ally, Canada for example. Our foresight kept us out of Iraq but we took your back in Afghanistan. In return we are considered to exist at your pleasure. Northcom and your border initiatives virtually stomp on our sovereignty and present the legal opportunity for US forces to enter Canada pursuing Americans fleeing tyranny if martial law in the US is ever declared. This is an example of how and where foreign policy induced uncontrollable consequences begin.
    The US bully tactic is that Canada cannot defend itself, so the US will do it because you fear some kind of northern invasion that Canada cannot stop, just as you fear some kind of southern invasion. Sorry, we do not understand doublespeak, but we recognize it. Your foreign policy here is perceived as “we are doing it, if you even want a say, you had better go along with it”. The same thing happened with the NORAD of the seas paranoia. Now Sam tells us we must enact UN internet controls that restrict our freedoms if we do not want trade repercussions.
    Some argue that Canada’s risks to its own national security and freedoms are a trickle-down effect and not from the consequences of our own foreign policy initiatives. I would like to dispel that but while the bullying nature of American foreign policies exists I cannot. No foreign policy can predict its effect upon people’s morals and their feelings resulting from such controlling actions. But the controllers erroneously think they can. This forms part of the dangers of which Dr. Paul speaks and I concur on this personal level.
    Canada is an ally by reckless desperation as a result. It used to be respect for a common goal, I remember. For I have been forced to make the distinction between Uncle Sam and the American people, as they now clearly represent two different things. I witnessed US foreign policy change globally in 1963 and universally in 2001, thus proving at least, it is capable of change.
    I despair because it is like watching your brother turn to drugs and trying to warn him of the danger while fearing his druggie cohorts and their retaliations now that they have spotted you. I’ll prove it by making this statement.
    There is no threat in this comment, intended or otherwise, to your National Security. May this forever lie in the bluffs of Utah as my testament.

  • Jo Josephson

    Billary openly declared she takes her instructions from the CFR, just down the street from her office… Kerry is obviously taking up right where his predecessor left off, which should surprise no one.
    Anyone know of the status of election fraud lawsuits? Any interesting developments?